How to Get a Detained Person to Court for Family Court Cases Involving Children

This page will provide best practices for judges, attorneys and advocates on how to secure the attendance, in court proceedings, of immigrants who are being detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that immigrants can participate in family court proceedings involving their children.

Where children of an immigrant parent, who is a party to a court case impacting their parental rights, are detained by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the Detained Parents Directive applies.

The following links provide relevant government documents from ICE regarding detained parents and their children.

For questions regarding these issues, please contact NIWAP for technical assistance by calling our technical assistance line at (202) 274-4457 or emailing  NIWAP at info@niwap.org. We provide technical assistance directly to judges, court staff, advocates and attorneys.